Michael G. Jonz


Michael G. Jonz
Associate Professor

Room: GNN 260
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 6051
Work E-mail: mjonz@uOttawa.ca

JONZ, Michael G.


Dr. Jonz’s research focuses on the morphology, neurophysiology, and development of sensory systems in vertebrates. He primarily uses the zebrafish (Danio rerio), goldfish (Carassius auratus) and larvae of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) to address issues such as (i) the role of ion channels in O2 chemoreceptors, (ii) the morphology and neurochemistry of chemoreception, and (iii) the development of O2-sensing pathways. Experimental techniques used include: electrophysiology (primarily whole-cell patch clamp), confocal microscopy, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry, and cell culture.

Selected publications:
  • Jackson R, Braubach OR, Bilkey J, Zhang J, Akimenko MA, Fine A, Croll RP and Jonz MG. Expression of sall4 in taste buds of zebrafish. Dev. Neurobiol. 73:543-558, 2013
  • Shakarchi K, Zachar PC and Jonz MG. Serotonergic and cholinergic elements of the hypoxic ventilatory response in developing zebrafish. J. Exp. Biol. 216:869-880, 2013
  • Coccimiglio ML and Jonz MG. Serotonergic neuroepithelial cells of the skin in developing zebrafish: morphology, innervation and oxygen-sensitive properties. J. Exp. Biol. 215:3881-3894, 2012
  • Zachar PC and Jonz MG. Neuroepithelial cells of the gill and their role in oxygen sensing. Resp. Physiol. Neurobiol. 184:301-308. (Review), 2012
  • Jonz MG and Zaccone G. Nervous control of the gills. Acta. Histochem. 111:2007-216. (Review), 2009

Fields of Interest

  • Neurobiology
  • Comparative physiology
  • Cell biology
  • Ion channels
  • Patch-clamp
  • Sensory systems
  • Chemoreceptors
  • Respiration
  • Fish
  • Amphibians
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